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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731977/interventions-for-neuropathic-pain-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Svjetlana Dosenovic, Antonia Jelicic Kadic, Maja Miljanovic, Marina Biocic, Krste Boric, Marija Cavar, Nikolina Markovina, Katarina Vucic, Livia Puljak
Numerous interventions for neuropathic pain (NeuP) are available, but its treatment remains unsatisfactory. We systematically summarized evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) of randomized controlled trials on interventions for NeuP. Five electronic databases were searched up to March 2015. Study quality was analyzed using A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews. The most common interventions in 97 included SRs were pharmacologic (59%) and surgical (15%). The majority of analyzed SRs were of medium quality...
August 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731399/expanding-the-endoscopic-transpterygoid-corridor-to-the-petroclival-region-anatomical-study-and-volumetric-comparative-analysis
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Jacob L Freeman, Raghuram Sampath, Steven Craig Quattlebaum, Michael A Casey, Zach A Folzenlogen, Vijay R Ramakrishnan, A Samy Youssef
OBJECTIVE The endoscopic endonasal transmaxillary transpterygoid (TMTP) approach has been the gateway for lateral skull base exposure. Removal of the cartilaginous eustachian tube (ET) and lateral mobilization of the internal carotid artery (ICA) are technically demanding adjunctive steps that are used to access the petroclival region. The gained expansion of the deep working corridor provided by these maneuvers has yet to be quantified. METHODS The TMTP approach with cartilaginous ET removal and ICA mobilization was performed in 5 adult cadaveric heads (10 sides)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730695/concurrent-electrical-cervicomedullary-stimulation-and-cervical-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-results-in-a-stimulus-interaction
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Siobhan C Dongés, Siwei Bai, Janet L Taylor
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) can modulate neuronal excitability within the human spinal cord; however few studies have used tsDCS at a cervical level. This study aimed to further characterise cervical tsDCS by observing its acute effects on motor responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and cervicomedullary stimulation. In both Study 1 and 2, participants (Study 1: n = 8, 4F; Study 2: n = 8, 3F) received two periods of 10 min, 3 mA cervical tsDCS on the same day through electrodes placed in an anterior-posterior configuration over the neck; one period with the cathode posterior (c-tsDCS) and the other with the anode posterior (a-tsDCS)...
July 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730452/transcranial-color-doppler-in-stroke-free-adult-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease
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G Graziadei, F M Casoni, F Annoni, I Cortinovis, P Ridolfi, I Gandolfi, A Marcon, E Di Pierro, M D Cappellini
The threshold velocity ≥200 cm/s at transcranial Doppler (TCD) evaluation is a useful cut-off for preventing the stroke (STOP trial) in pediatric patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), term including different types of sickle genotypes. Scanty data are available for adult SCD patients. We compared intracranial blood flow velocities between adult SCD patients and controls using transcranial color Doppler (TCCD), measuring the peak of systolic velocity (PSV) with the insonation angle correction and the pulsatility index (PI), an indicator of endothelial elasticity...
July 20, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729946/decrease-in-short-latency-afferent-inhibition-during-corticomotor-postexercise-depression-following-repetitive-finger-movement
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Shota Miyaguchi, Sho Kojima, Ryoki Sasaki, Shinichi Kotan, Hikari Kirimoto, Hiroyuki Tamaki, Hideaki Onishi
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to clarify cortical circuit mechanisms contributing to corticomotor excitability during postexercise depression (PED) following repetitive nonfatiguing movement. We investigated changes in short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) and short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) by paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during PED. METHODS: A total of 16 healthy subjects performed repetitive abduction movements of the right index finger at 2...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729822/low-intensity-focused-tdcs-over-the-motor-cortex-shows-inefficacy-to-improve-motor-imagery-performance
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Irma N Angulo-Sherman, Marisol Rodríguez-Ugarte, Eduardo Iáñez, Jose M Azorín
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a brain stimulation technique that can enhance motor activity by stimulating the motor path. Thus, tDCS has the potential of improving the performance of brain-computer interfaces during motor neurorehabilitation. tDCS effects depend on several aspects, including the current density, which usually varies between 0.02 and 0.08 mA/cm(2), and the location of the stimulation electrodes. Hence, testing tDCS montages at several current levels would allow the selection of current parameters for improving stimulation outcomes and the comparison of montages...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728912/electric-stimulation-of-the-right-temporo-parietal-junction-induces-a-task-specific-effect-in-deceptive-behaviors
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Yasuki Noguchi, Rei Oizumi
How the brain generates a lie is an important and unsolved issue in neuroscience. Previous studies indicated that mentalizing, the ability to understand and manipulate the mental states of others, plays a critical role in successful deception. Accordingly, recent neuroimaging studies reported deception-related activity in the right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ), a brain region closely related to the mentalizing ability. Detailed functions of rTPJ in deception, however, remain unclear. In the present study, we investigated a causal relationship between rTPJ and deception using transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS)...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728785/operative-strategies-to-reduce-cerebral-embolic-events-during-on-and-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-a-stratified-prospective-randomized-trial
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Michael E Halkos, Aaron Anderson, Jose Nilo G Binongo, Anthony Stringer, Yi Lasanajak, Vinod H Thourani, Omar M Lattouf, Robert A Guyton, Kim T Baio, Eric Sarin, William B Keeling, N Renee Cook, Katherine Carssow, Alexis Neill, Kathryn E Glas, John D Puskas
OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of different aortic clamping strategies on the incidence of cerebral embolic events during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 142 patients with low-grade aortic disease (epiaortic ultrasound grade I/II) undergoing primary isolated CABG were studied. Those undergoing off-pump CABG were randomized to a partial clamp (n = 36) or clampless facilitating device (CFD; n = 36) strategy. Those undergoing on-pump CABG were randomized to a single-clamp (n = 34) or double-clamp (n = 36) strategy...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728060/clinical-neurophysiology-of-prolonged-disorders-of-consciousness-from-diagnostic-stimulation-to-therapeutic-neuromodulation
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Aldo Ragazzoni, Massimo Cincotta, Fabio Giovannelli, Damian Cruse, G Bryan Young, Carlo Miniussi, Simone Rossi
The identification of signs of awareness in patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (DoC) after severe brain injury is a challenging task for clinicians. Differentiating on behavioural examination the vegetative state (VS) from the minimally conscious state (MCS) can lead to a high misdiagnosis rate. Advanced neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques can supplement clinical evaluation by providing physiological evidence of brain activity. However, an open issue remains whether these empirical results are directly or indirectly associated with covert consciousness and limitations emerge for their diagnostic application at the single-patient level...
June 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726157/anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-over-the-left-temporal-pole-restores-normal-visual-evoked-potential-habituation-in-interictal-migraineurs
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Francesca Cortese, Francesco Pierelli, Ilaria Bove, Cherubino Di Lorenzo, Maurizio Evangelista, Armando Perrotta, Mariano Serrao, Vincenzo Parisi, Gianluca Coppola
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging data has implicated the temporal pole (TP) in migraine pathophysiology; the density and functional activity of the TP were reported to fluctuate in accordance with the migraine cycle. Yet, the exact link between TP morpho-functional abnormalities and migraine is unknown. Here, we examined whether non-invasive anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) ameliorates abnormal interictal multimodal sensory processing in patients with migraine. METHODS: We examined the habituation of visual evoked potentials and median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) before and immediately after 20-min anodal tDCS (2 mA) or sham stimulation delivered over the left TP in interictal migraineurs...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726052/transcranial-sonography-image-characteristics-in-different-parkinson-s-disease-subtypes
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Ai Yan Sheng, Ying Chun Zhang, Yu Jing Sheng, Cai Shan Wang, Ying Zhang, Hua Hu, Wei Feng Luo, CHun-Feng LIu
Recently, Parkinson's disease (PD) has been classified into three subtypes: postural instability gait difficulty (PIGD), tremor dominate (TD), and indeterminate PD. Transcranial sonography (TCS) is considered to be an important tool to diagnose PD. However, it is uncertain that whether there are differences in TCS image characteristics in different PD subtypes, so 373 idiopathic PD (188 PIGD, 108 TD, 77 indeterminate PD) were registered and received TCS in our investigation; also, the association between clinical characteristics and TCS results in different PD subtypes was analyzed...
July 19, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725518/preferences-and-utilities-for-health-states-after-treatment-of-olfactory-groove-meningioma-endoscopic-versus-open
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Christopher M Yao, Alyssa Kahane, Eric Monteiro, Fred Gentili, Gelareh Zadeh, John R de Almeida
Objectives  The purpose of this study is to report health utility scores for patients with olfactory groove meningiomas (OGM) treated with either the standard transcranial approach, or the expanded endonasal endoscopic approach. Design  The time trade-off technique was used to derive health utility scores. Setting  Healthy individuals without skull base tumors were surveyed. Main Outcome Measures  Participants reviewed and rated scenarios describing treatment (endoscopic, open, stereotactic radiation, watchful waiting), remission, recurrence, and complications associated with the management of OGMs...
August 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723977/effect-of-inter-train-interval-on-the-induction-of-repetition-suppression-of-motor-evoked-potentials-using-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
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Minna Pitkänen, Elisa Kallioniemi, Petro Julkunen
Repetition suppression (RS) is evident as a weakened response to repeated stimuli after the initial response. RS has been demonstrated in motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) induced with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Here, we investigated the effect of inter-train interval (ITI) on the induction of RS of MEPs with the attempt to optimize the investigative protocols. Trains of TMS pulses, targeted to the primary motor cortex by neuronavigation, were applied at a stimulation intensity of 120% of the resting motor threshold...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723938/gender-differences-in-cerebral-metabolism-for-color-processing-in-mice-a-pet-mri-study
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Philip C Njemanze, Mathias Kranz, Mario Amend, Jens Hauser, Hans Wehrl, Peter Brust
INTRODUCTION: Color processing is a central component of mammalian vision. Gender-related differences of color processing revealed by non-invasive functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound suggested right hemisphere pattern for blue/yellow chromatic opponency by men, and a left hemisphere pattern by women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study measured the accumulation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) in mouse brain using small animal positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) with statistical parametric mapping (SPM) during light stimulation with blue and yellow filters compared to darkness condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721810/centralized-and-local-color-doppler-ultrasound-reading-agreement-for-diagnosis-of-the-chronic-cerebrospinal-venous-insufficiency-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Maria Grazia Caprio, Karen Marr, Sirin Gandhi, Dejan Jakimovski, Jesper Hagemeier, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Robert Zivadinov, Marcello Mancini
BACKGROUND: An impaired cerebrospinal venous drainage was postulated to be a cofactor in the multifactorial pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by abnormalities of the main extracranial cerebrospinal venous outflow routes, which can be detected by color Doppler Ultrasound (CDUS) using 5 venous hemodynamic (VH) criteria. Discrepant results between different investigators were reported in the past, therefore the usefulness and applicability of the CCSVI CDUS-based diagnosis in clinical research and practice has been questioned...
July 17, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721533/minimum-norm-estimation-of-motor-representations-in-navigated-tms-mappings
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Minna Pitkänen, Elisa Kallioniemi, Petro Julkunen, Maria Nazarova, Jaakko O Nieminen, Risto J Ilmoniemi
Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) can be applied to locate and outline cortical motor representations. This may be important, e.g., when planning neurosurgery or focused nTMS therapy, or when assessing plastic changes during neurorehabilitation. Conventionally, a cortical location is considered to belong to the motor cortex if the maximum electric field (E-field) targeted there evokes a motor-evoked potential in a muscle. However, the cortex is affected by a broad E-field distribution, which tends to broaden estimates of representation areas by stimulating also the neighboring areas in addition to the maximum E-field location...
July 18, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721356/targeted-ischemic-stroke-induction-and-mesoscopic-imaging-assessment-of-blood-flow-and-ischemic-depolarization-in-awake-mice
#17
Matilde Balbi, Matthieu P Vanni, Gergely Silasi, Yuki Sekino, Luis Bolanos, Jeffrey M LeDue, Timothy H Murphy
Despite advances in experimental stroke models, confounding factors such as anesthetics used during stroke induction remain. Furthermore, imaging of blood flow during stroke is not routinely done. We take advantage of in vivo bihemispheric transcranial windows for longitudinal mesoscopic imaging of cortical function to establish a protocol for focal ischemic stroke induction in target brain regions using photothrombosis in awake head-fixed mice. Our protocol does not require any surgical steps at the time of stroke induction or anesthetics during either head fixation or photoactivation...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720525/motor-resonance-during-action-observation-is-gaze-contingent-a-tms-study
#18
Giorgia D'Innocenzo, Claudia C Gonzalez, Alexander V Nowicky, A Mark Williams, Daniel T Bishop
When we observe others performing an action, visual input to our mirror neuron system is reflected in the facilitation of primary motor cortex (M1), a phenomenon known as 'motor resonance'. However, it is unclear whether this motor resonance is contingent upon our point-of-gaze. In order to address this issue, we collected gaze data from participants as they viewed an intransitive action - thumb abduction/adduction - under four conditions: with natural gaze behaviour (free viewing) and with their gaze fixated on each of three predetermined loci at various distances from the prime mover...
July 15, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720076/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-intracranial-and-extracranial-artery-stenosis-in-asymptomatic-rural-residents-of-13-villages-in-china
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Haiqiang Jin, Qing Peng, Ding Nan, Pu Lv, Ran Liu, Wei Sun, Yuming Teng, Yuanyuan Liu, Chenghe Fan, Haiying Xing, Ke Xu, Yining Huang
BACKGROUND: The present study aimed to investigate the prevalence and risk factors for extracranial carotid artery stenosis (ECAS) and intracranial carotid artery stenosis (ICAS) simultaneously in asymptomatic Chinese pure rural population. METHODS: We analyzed 2589 asymptomatic subjects aged over 30 yr. by ultrasonography and transcranial Doppler simultaneously in 13 isolated villages by door-to-door investigation. Both ECAS and ICAS were defined as more than 50% stenosis...
July 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719508/is-the-organisation-of-the-primary-motor-cortex-in-low-back-pain-related-to-pain-movement-and-or-sensation
#20
Edith Elgueta-Cancino, Siobhan Schabrun, Paul Hodges
Primary motor cortex (M1) organisation differs between individuals with and without chronic low back pain (CLBP), in parallel with motor and sensory impairments. This study investigated whether movement behaviour and tactile/pain sensation are related to M1 organisation in CLBP. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was used to map the M1 representation of the erector spinae and multifidus muscles in 20 participants with and without CLBP. Cortical organisation was quantified by: map volume; center of gravity (CoG); number of peaks; and primary and secondary peak location...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
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